196th ST SW(SR-524) Improvement Project


As one of the busiest highways in Snohomish County, 196th St SW (SR 524) carries thousands of vehicles a day. This corridor is home to hundreds of businesses, a major transit center, and a future light rail station. The improvements were designed to reduce traffic congestion, better accommodate bus and transit travel, increase business access, provide utility capacity for future development and promote safety.

Project improvements included:

  • Street and pedestrian lighting
  • Conversion of overhead power and communication utilities to underground
  • New traffic signals
  • Planted medians
  • Wider sidewalks and landscape features
  • New business access and transit (BAT) lanes
  • New storm drainage, water quality and flow control
  • New water main and fire hydrants
  • New sewer main
  • New driveways for all businesses
  • Repave full roadway

These improvements will accommodate the growth of City Center. They also created an enhanced pedestrian environment with a boulevard appearance. 

The City received $26M in state and federal grants for completion of this project. Project funding includes an additional $22M in city, WSDOT and private funding for a grand total of $48M.

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